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    Warren Binford honored with Justice Hans A. Linde Award

    Sep 16, 2020
    Visiting Clinical Professor Warren Binford, JD, Ed.M, was recognized with the Justice Hans A. Linde Award by the Oregon chapter of the American Constitution Society, at a virtual award ceremony hosted by Willamette University on September 16th. Binford is an internationally recognized children’s rights scholar and advocate who is a frequent writer and speaker on a variety of children’s issues, including 21st century forms of child abuse, exploitation, and neglect.
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    Ensuring Adequate Palliative and Hospice Care During COVID-19 Surges

    Sep 21, 2020
    JAMA Viewpoint: Authors Jean Abbott, Daniel Johnson and Matthew Wynia conclude that an ethical approach to pandemic surge planning requires recognizing and addressing threats of scarcity throughout the community. Failure to plan for adequate palliative and hospice care when a substantial increase in disease and death is expected is unconscionable, and it risks undermining patient-family trust, long-term emotional health, and the core values of society.
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    Ethical Considerations In The Use Of AI Mortality Predictions In The Care Of People With Serious Illness

    Sep 16, 2020
    HEALTH AFFAIRS: Predicting prognosis is as old as medicine itself. Recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have led to algorithms that promise to answer one of life’s ultimate questions: When will I die? Co-author Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD concludes that aligning care with patient priorities and avoiding biases should be the explicit aims of such work.
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    The Coronavirus Is Revealing Football’s Human Cost

    Sep 10, 2020
    THE ATLANTIC: Amid a global pandemic, the NFL’s non-guaranteed contracts force players into a familiar choice: stay safe, or stay on the field. "If they cared about health and well-being as a primary concern, they would do things differently,” says Christine Baugh, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.
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    Fact check: Did some COVID-19 patients die because they couldn't access a ventilator?

    Sep 2, 2020
    POLITIFACT-NC: Center Director Matthew Wynia explained, "Any evidence of such deaths are likely to be anecdotal, and not necessarily something that’s documented. If your ICU is full, you’re going to try to make the best of it. You’re likely going to try to treat them in a step-down unit,” Wynia said. “You’re not going to find anyone who says we openly discussed this with the family and says ‘I’m sorry, we’re out of beds and ventilators."
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    Colorado College’s move to remote learning highlights the risks of opening campuses

    Sep 4, 2020
    CHALKBEAT: CBH Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, said he hopes schools recognize that if plans change, they need to ensure students are in comfortable environments that provide good food, internet and proper accommodations. Colleges and universities must take responsibility for closures, as well as their role in stopping the spread of the disease to other communities.
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    Months before its arrival, Colorado tries to answer the question: Who should get the coronavirus vaccine first?

    Aug 31, 2020
    COLORADO SUN: "Vaccinating the population is important. Keeping the population united is more so. We tend to go with guidelines in the U.S.,” Center Director Matthew Wynia explained. “We’re reluctant to force people to do anything. But that does come with a cost that there will be a pretty high risk that there will be haves and have nots,”
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    An ʻUnprecedentedʼ Effort to Stop the Coronavirus in Nursing Homes

    Aug 20, 2020
    NEW YORK TIMES: Center Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH was quoted in this article, describing one of the first monoclonal antibody research studies in the war on the coronavirus. “There just isn’t a culture in nursing homes that is attuned to doing research and clinical trials.”
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    Directing Doctors to Treat Others With COVID-19 First

    Aug 13, 2020
    NEXT AVENUE: Dr. Andrea Kittrell, a Lynchburg, Va. otolaryngologist and chair of the medical ethics committee at her regional hospital system, founded the advance directive website, Save Other Souls. CBH Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH voiced concerns.
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    Denver judge upholds governor’s last call rule for bars and restaurants during coronavirus pandemic

    Jul 31, 2020
    GREELEY TRIBUNE: "The state’s power to regulate its citizen’s health, safety and welfare under our federal system … is vast,” said Daniel Goldberg, a public health ethicist, attorney and CBH faculty. “These lawsuits that crop up —I’m not saying they can’t ever prevail — but they have an uphill battle.”
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    Hospitals face 'an explosion of Covid' and signs of another surge as coronavirus case numbers climb

    Jul 2, 2020
    ERIE NEWS NOW / CNN: Hospitals may have to use crisis care standards if they become overwhelmed to prioritize patients with higher chances of survival. "Making that decision would come down to one question," says Center Director Dr. Matthew Wynia. "What's the likelihood that you will survive this acute illness and still be alive six months or a year from now."
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    Hard Lessons: Most of the Nazi Doctors Volunteered

    Jul 3, 2020
    INTERMOUNTAIN JEWISH NEWS: “There is a resonance between the Holocaust and medicine today, including racial health disparities, managed care and doctors as the stewards of communal resources,” says Center Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH. "How do you get physicians to the point where they maintain their ability to do the job and also retain their human compassion, empathy and the ability to form strong bonds with individual patients? I think that’s a balancing act that many of us struggle with throughout our careers. I hope that teaching Holocaust history helps physicians understand the risk of turning individual human beings into numbers."
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    What crisis care standards could mean for Valley patient care

    Jul 1, 2020
    ABC15 NEWS-PHOENIX: “People who’ve experienced military triage and having to make these decisions on the battlefield are sometimes scarred for life by this. It’s not something you ever really forget,” said Dr. Matthew Wynia, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.
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    Oncologists' perspectives on medical marijuana use by older adults

    Jun 29, 2020
    JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC ONCOLOGY: Over 230 medical oncologists nationwide responded to the first study exploring oncologists' perceptions regarding MM for older adults with cancer, in which CBH Research Director Eric Campbell, PhD is a co-author. The research suggests that perceptions regarding the breadth of MM's benefits rather than its risks drive their views on its utility for older adults.
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  • Sara Wittner (left) and her sister Grace Sekera on Sekera’s wedding day. Wittner began using narcotics again after the COVID-19 pandemic dismantled elements of her sobriety support system.

    The Difficulty Of Counting the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Full Death Toll

    Jun 22, 2020
    TIME: “You have some stakeholders who want to downplay things and make it sound like we’ve had a wonderful response, it all worked beautifully,” says Center Director Dr. Matthew Wynia, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee studying the issue. “And you’ve got others who say, ‘No, no, no. Look at all the people who were harmed.’”
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    Warren Binford on Living Conditions at Detention Facilities

    Jun 25, 2019
    PBS: Amid shocking reports of the U.S. government’s treatment of detained migrant children, Warren Binford, a lawyer who visited one of the facilities in Texas, discusses the squalid living conditions as well as the resignation of acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, John Sanders. Professor Binford is Director of the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University, and will be joining our faculty in July, 2020.
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    Structural Stigma, Legal Epidemiology and COVID-19: The Ethical Imperative to Act Upstream

    Jun 23, 2020
    KENNEDY INSTITUTE OF ETHICS JOURNAL: Covid-19 like other outbreaks, amplifies both person-centered, explicit racism and the structural, institutionalized racism that is responsible for racial health inequalities in the US. Author and Center faculty Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, says, "Laws and policies should be prioritized as primary anti-stigma mechanisms.
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    Thousands Volunteer To Be Infected With Coronavirus To Possibly Speed Up Vaccine

    Jun 16, 2020
    CBS4 NEWS: CU Boulder graduate student Gavriel Kleinwaks is one of nearly 29,000 people who have signed up to be willingly infected with the coronavirus. CBH faculty Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD questions if it's ethical to infect people with a potentially lethal virus with no reliable treatment.
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    COVID Expert Denies Lobbying for Tesla in California Reopening Fight

    Jun 11, 2020
    DAILY BEAST: Center Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH commented about UCSF Professor Dr. John Balmes, walking the ethical line of using ones university position to further an advocacy agenda.
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    Ethics Consult Leads at Children's Hospital earn HEC-C Certification

    Jun 9, 2020
    Congratulations to Clinical Nurse Ethicist Karen Jones, RN, RNC-NIC and Associate Professor Curtis Coughlin, MBe, MS who recently passed the Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) exam!
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